Saturday, September 22, 2012
This week went by incredibly fast. It was very productive and the transfer went well. Elder Bickham and I are both Zone Leaders. How it works is the companionship is the zone leader companionship. We both act as zone leaders. I don't know if that's how they always do it but ever since I have been out on my mission, that's how it is done. This is my 7th transfer as a zone leader. That is 10.5 months. Elder Bickham is a great companion. I've never met anyone more enthusiastic about the work. He's a great guy and works very hard.
The work here in Rotterdam is going well. We are teaching a man from Rwanda and he is preparing for baptism for next month. We have spent a lot of time on the street looking for opportunities to share the gospel with others. We are also teaching a Chinese student named Fei Pei. She is from Shanghai. She is super cool :) Our zone is doing really well! It is made up of 7 cities and every city has someone on schedule for baptism and 5 baptism should occur this month. We're super excited and things are really picking up around here!
Something I have been studying this week is how to increase faith and hope. In the past I have felt like reading and praying and going to church was helping me to gain more knowledge but as far as increasing faith, I haven't felt that growth that I have been needing. I have been studying super hard with a prayer in my heart and I figured something out! Pray always! Whenever I have a thought in my mind and I'm not preoccupied with something else. I just take a moment and pray in my mind. It has become a habit to just be praying all the day long. I have never felt the Spirit stronger in my life. I feel my faith and my hope growing. Just thought I'd share my insight with you! We had an experience that blew us both away this past week but I will have to save that story for another day. Hope you all have a wonderful week! Love you all!